MotoE Bikes Planned for Mandalika
The introduction of the electric MotoE series within selected rounds of the MotoGP calendar has arrived and excitement is building from Jerez to Mandalika for what is seen as a modern example of racing uncompromised in speed and thrill.
Referred to as “one-make series,” all riders will compete on identical electric bikes built and supplied by Energica, the first Italian manufacturer of “super sport” electric motorcycles, manufactured in Modena, Italy.
As reported in Morotcylce News, Energica’s Chief Technology Officer, Giampiero Testoni, revealed that MotoE is driving their development for a new generation of electric sports bikes for the road.
"Initially the Ego Corsa MotoE bike started out as an Ego road bike that was stripped of its road equipment," said Testoni. "However, we quickly changed the suspension, chassis, battery, brakes, electronics and in the end the only part that remains the same is the electric motor and the chassis’ geometry.
Mr. Testoni describes the MotoE bike’s battery as smaller and lighter than the road bike yet contains almost double the energy due to new cell technology while the electronics are also advanced. “In a few months of concentrated development on the Ego Corsa we achieved what would have taken us years of road testing."
As well as the obvious publicity and TV exposure, this rapid development process was the main reason Energica signed a three-year deal to secure being the sole supplier to the MotoE championship.
"We have 18 of the world’s best riders giving us feedback and we are using this to develop the next generation of Energica road bikes," said Testoni. "We have already developed new electronic system that exploits the bike’s power better by improving throttle response, torque and mapping.
Inaugural MotoE Season Starts in July
The revised schedule for the inaugural season of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is confirmed with all the partners involved in the Cup working hard to ensure this new parallel path of racing gets back on track.
The calendar will retain six races and MotoE will be back in business at a test in June at a circuit to be confirmed. The first race of the season will now take place at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland in July, with the next two events set for the Red Bull Ring and Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli respectively, the latter of which will remain a double header.
It won’t be the season finale, however, as the last round of the Cup will now take place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, where there will be another two races to end the season in spectacular style.
The races are intended to take place after the MotoGP session. The championship is expecting an 18-bike grid, with six outfits – MotoGP satellite squads Tech 3, LCR, Pramac, Avintia and Nieto, as well as the Gresini squad that runs the factory Aprilia team – set to enter two Energica Ego Corsa bikes alongside six others single-bike entries.